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The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.
'10 Pieces' Litter Collection
You know the old adage “the simple things are often the best”. Well it’s never been truer when it comes to the ‘10 Pieces’ initiative.
Previously we have encouraged you to “take only photographs, leave only footprints”. But now, we encourage you to “take only photographs and 10 Pieces of litter, leave only footprints”.
Often the places we visit are remote. It’s one of the reasons we find them so alluring. In developing countries these places have limited infrastructure ... No ‘council rubbish collection’! In fact there is likely very limited rubbish disposal options at all and until relatively recently there was little in the way of litter because there was no packaging made from glass, metal or plastic, it was all biodegradable. Largely because of this local villagers and herders have commonly left any ‘packaging’ lying around. This wasn’t a problem when it was a broken piece of pottery, a wooden pot or bamboo basket. However with the increasing uptake of modern packaging and the onset of tourism into these areas, non-biodegradable litter has become more and more prevalent.
World Expeditions aspires to the principles of Leave No Trace. We endeavor to operate our treks in a way that the waste generated is disposed of in the best way possible. In remote areas combustible litter is burned as cleanly as possible and non-combustible litter is carried out. In the popular trekking regions of Annapurna and Everest, we have taken the initiative of building rubbish incinerators at all of our permanent eco campsites and we carry portable incineraters with us to use at wilderness camps. Learn more about how we responsibly dispose of litter on our treks.
But now we are taking it one step further ... and we need your help!
On our treks in Nepal and Peru, as well as on a selection of treks in Bhutan and on Mount Rinjani, you can volunteer to participate in 10 Pieces. We’ll alert you to the opportunity before your departure, at which point you can volunteer to help us make the world a better place.
** Check out 10 Pieces initiative in action in Peru **
For more information about the ’10 Pieces’ litter collection initiative email firstname.lastname@example.org